The price of road salt for winter is up significantly, Frank Onweller, Fulton County engineer, said recently.
Onweller said Fulton County has entered into a contract with North American Salt, Overland Park, Kan., for ice-melt road salt at a cost of $95.50 per ton.
That’s up 53% from last year, when road salt was $62.42 per ton.
“It’s been a tough bidding and negotiation process this year,” Onweller said in a press release.
“Salt is at a premium due to the high usage from last year’s winter.
“Rates fluctuate every year, but this year is one of the most significant increases we’ve seen since 1997.
“I’ve been in communication with other county engineer offices throughout the state, and most seem to be dealing with these higher prices, as well.
“In some counties, they are unable to even get a salt supplier to quote them a price, so they are still searching for salt.”
Onweller said Fulton County currently has about 1,000 tons on hand. He anticipates ordering another 1,200 to 1,400 tons over the winter.
Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said in the past, the village purchased road salt on a yearto year basis from Morton Salt, Chicago, Ill.
“This year, Morton wouldn’t give us a price prior to the bidding deadline, but they said it would probably be the same as the state (of Ohio) bid for Fulton County, which was going to be $120 to $130 per ton,” Howell said.
Howell said Onweller had two townships that purchased road salt through the county back out of the contract.
“When you submit specifications for (road salt) bids, they want you to estimate how many tons you will use, and you have to take a percentage of that,” Howell explained.
When the townships backed out, Onweller had space available in his purchase order, so Howell said Archbold joined in.
And with Onweller’s $95.50-per-ton price well below the $120 to $130 that Morton was going to charge, joining the Fulton County contract “was a no-brainer.”
Howell said depending on the severity of the winter, Archbold will use anywhere from 400 to 1,000 tons of road salt per season.
Kenneth “Skip” Leupp, German Township Trustee, said the township has been “a long-standing customer of Morton Salt, and they have always treated us pretty right.”
He notes German Township only buys 200 tons of road salt per year.
When told of the price paid by Fulton County and the anticipated state bid price, Leupp said he is waiting for the quote from Morton Salt that will announce the price for winter.
“I’m anxious to see that letter,” Leupp said.
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